Ryan Murphy Reveals He Has the Rights to Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart & The Destiny of Me

first_img As previously reported, playwright, author, outspoken AIDS activist and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Larry Kramer died on May 27. In a heartfelt tribute, Ryan Murphy, who directed the Emmy-winning HBO film adaptation of Kramer’s The Normal Heart, shared some good news. “I recently bought the stage rights to do The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me in rep on Broadway,” Murphy wrote. The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me are Kramer’s semi-autobiographical plays set during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City. The Normal Heart premiered off-Broadway in 1985 at the Public Theater.  The Normal Heart’s first-ever Broadway mounting in 2011 won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. The Destiny of Me, its sequel, premiered off-Broadway at the Circle Repertory Company in 1992 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.It’s no secret that Murphy is a champion of Broadway. As previously reported, he shared that The Prom film may still arrive on Netflix this year. Murphy has also previously announced plans to turn the iconic 1975 Broadway musical A Chorus Line, which was previously adapted into a 1985 film, into a 10-part miniseries. His hit television shows, including Hollywood, Pose, American Horror Story, The Politician, Glee and more, feature many stage talents. Murphy garnered a 2019 Tony Award for producing last year’s Best Play Revival winner The Boys in the Band, starring Matt Bomer, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Zachary Quinto, Michael Benjamin Washington, Tuc Watkins and Charlie Carver. He also was a producer of the 2016 revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night.Broadway may still be shut down, but Murphy is looking to the future for these groundbreaking works. View Commentscenter_img Ryan Murphy(Photo: Emilio Madrid)last_img read more

Combating forced marriages requires more than robust legal measures

first_imgThe legislation on tackling forced marriage provides civil remedies for a breach of a forced marriage protection order (FMPOs). In the first three years after the legislation came into force, 339 FMPOs were recorded, although the true extent of the abuse is likely to be on a far greater scale. The government’s Forced Marriage Unit dealt with 1,735 forced marriage cases in 2010 – and many more cases go unreported. Following a Home Affairs Select Committee recommendation to criminalise forced marriage and breaches of FMPOs, the government has consulted on: 1) how criminalisation of breaches of FMPOs should be implemented; and 2) whether a specific criminal offence of forced marriage would help combat the practice. The consultation suggests that these approaches could be modelled on breaches of non-molestation orders set out in the Family Law Act 1996 and on Scottish forced marriage legislation. In its response to the consultation, the Law Society has come out strongly in favour of making both forced marriage and the breach of FMPOs criminal offences. This would acknowledge the level of wrongdoing against vulnerable victims by their own families, send out a stronger signal to potential offenders, and provide victims with greater support and protection. In a civil action, the onus is on the victim to bring the action. An argument against criminalisation has been that it will deter victims from reporting forced marriage because of the consequences for their family. The reality is that for a victim to report their family members to the authorities takes enormous courage because of the immense emotional pressures piled upon them. Any victim – usually but not invariably a young girl – who reports an attempt at a forced marriage or a breach of a FMPO is likely to face isolation and being stigmatised within their family, among their friends and in their wider community for taking action against those closest to them. Once they have taken the step of approaching the authorities, it is far better that the onus for initiating proceedings is then put on those authorities – the police and Crown Prosecution Service – than the victim. Combating forced marriages will require more than a robust legal framework. All agencies, including the police, the CPS, schools and local authorities must not only be made aware of the new legal framework, but also be supported by training and education. Inevitably, this will require funding. School staff are particularly important and need to be supported accordingly. They need to be helped to spot the signs of a child who is at risk of, or who may recently have entered, a forced marriage, and know where to turn to for help. Another difficult challenge will be to raise awareness among victims and potential victims of forced marriage of the help that is available to them. Often it is the ‘community’ that is given the information, possibly the very same people who do not want these children to be aware about the help available. Forced marriage under the pretext of a holiday or visit to a sick relative often requires several members of a family or community to arrange, and for that reason the Law Society supports the proposal that breaching any element of a FMPO should be a criminal offence, so that all parties are liable for their role in making the arrangements. Some communities do not accept that forced marriage is not legitimised by either culture or tradition. The reality is that this is a form of bullying, violence and abuse. Forced marriage is quite unlike an arranged marriage which is traditional, cultural and – crucially – consensual for both parties who are introduced to one another and who then have the choice of whether to marry or not. Criminalisation of forced marriages would make that distinction clearer. Talvinder Penaser is a director and specialist family law solicitor at Leeds Family Law, and a member of the Law Society family law committeelast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: Kimbo Slice has passed away

first_img Vince McKee Related TopicsKimbo SliceMMA Several reports have now confirmed Kimbo Slice has passed away from unknown causes.Per http://www.wrestlezone.com/ earlier todayEarlier today TMZ reported MMA fighter Kimbo Slice (real name Kevin Ferguson) was hospitalized in Florida earlier today, and the situation “does not look good” according to sources. Law enforcement sources told TMZ Slice was admitted to the hospital near his home in Coral Springs, Florida, and police are currently getting information from family members. Read more at http://www.wrestlezone.com/news/715917-kimbo-slice-hospitalized#f0IrjEru42jolir3.99However, as moments ago, it is now confirmed, Ferguson has passed away. Stay tuned into NEO Sports, for a retrospective of Slices career in the coming hours. Kimbo was only 42 years of age.You can follow Vince McKee on Twitter at VinceTheAuthorlast_img read more

Podcast: CLE Sports Talk with Casey Drottar – 10.28.19

first_img Related TopicsBaker MayfieldCleveland BrownsCleveland CavaliersCleveland IndiansDarius GarlandFreddie KitchensGreg RobinsonJohn BeileinOdell Beckham Jr Casey Drottar This week’s CLE Sports Talk podcast opens on a bright note, thanks to the Cavs‘ surprising start to the year. Things take a turn for the worst, though, as Casey Drottar sifts through the rubble of another sloppy loss for the Browns that has him severely doubting head coach Freddie Kitchens.Check out his latest episode here, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.last_img

NYPD encounter that led to shooting of bipolar man lasted ‘no more than 10 seconds’: Sources

first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — The fatal encounter between New York City police and a bipolar Brooklyn man waiving what looked like a gun lasted no more than 10 seconds, police sources told ABC News.Saheed Vassell was warned to drop what turned out to be the top of a welding torch before four officers opened fire, the sources said. Vassell was struck at least seven times and maybe as many as nine times, according to the medical examiner.None of the officers had been involved in previous on-duty shootings, police said, and they remain on active duty while the state attorney general investigates.“You saw how quickly that transpired,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Friday. “Those officers didn’t have much time. Being presented with immediate threat is different from being able to step back and talk.”The NYPD released additional video footage that showed Vassell walking quickly through Crown Heights, waiving a silver metal pipe at passersby. Additional transcripts of 911 calls were also released.“There is a guy walking around,” one caller said. “He looks like he is crazy but he’s pointing something at people that looks like a gun and he’s like popping it like he’s pulling the trigger. He’s not pulling a trigger but he’s making a motion as if he is and there is something sticking out of his jacket.”The caller continued: “I’m watching the guy, he’s crossing the street and putting it in people’s face like it’s a gun and pulling his hat, he’s doing some (unintelligible) and pulling it back, like he’s making a trigger sign and people is like ducking and like trying to avoid because they’re thinking it’s a gun. There is something hanging out of his jacket. I’m like oh my god.”Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the officers’ actions.“You can see in those transcripts how fearful the people on the streets were for their own safety,” de Blasio said during his weekly appearance on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show.Critics wondered whether the outcome would have been different had beat cops -– who patrol the neighborhood and may have known Vassell and his condition, and not officers from a specialized unit — responded to the scene.“We do know this took place in such a fast time sequence that the normal concepts of reaching the officers who normally are on the beat, etc., may not have even been conceivable in this kind of – literally a few minutes time span,” de Blasio said.The mayor said he would like to see more mental health help available for someone like Vassell, whose family said suffered from bipolar disorder.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Series broadcast first for SA women’s cricket

first_img26 August 2014In a first for women’s cricket in South Africa, the Momentum Proteas’ broadcast partner, SuperSport International, announced on Monday that the team’s three-match T20 series against England, starting in Chelmsford on 1 September, will be broadcast live.The Proteas’ tour begins on Friday with two warm-up T20 matches against the England Women’s Academy in Southend-on-Sea on successive days, followed by the first T20 international.The team learnt of the coverage of their series at a send-off function hosted by Momentum at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria on Monday.‘A landmark achievement’“This is certainly a landmark achievement for the Women’s game in South Africa,” said an excited Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat.“Never before have we seen a South African broadcaster televise the entire series of our Momentum Women’s National team and this will help us to generate greater interest by raising the profile of Women’s Cricket.“We had experienced the benefits of live coverage during the ICC World T20, when our women cricketers were seen live in action for the first time, and the decision by SuperSport to continue this trend will certainly benefit the sport. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to SuperSport for this decision,” he added.‘Delighted’“SuperSport is delighted to confirm the broadcast arrangement,” the Acting CEO of SuperSport, Brandon Foot, said at the function in Pretoria, which fell within Women’s Month.“Our national team has made great strides recently and we trust this development reflects growing interest in the women’s game.“Women’s sport hasn’t always been on top of the national agenda. SuperSport’s hope is that this series unearths the role models and stars we know are out there and deserve to be seen on our platforms.”‘Extremely excited’National women’s captain Mignon du Preez, commented: “This is amazing news for women’s cricket in South Africa. We are extremely excited to have television coverage of a tour for the first time and we look forward to showing the country what we’re all about and just how much talent is in this squad.“We hope that this is just the first of many televised tours and that having South Africa finally see us play will inspire other young girls to choose cricket as their preferred sport to play.”‘Upwards trend’Women’s cricket is on an upwards trend in South Africa, with more investment being made to back it up.Recently, thanks to the partnership with Momentum, central contracts for the Women Proteas increased from six to 14. This year’s National Academy intake also saw women’s players included for the first time.In addition, there has been an increase in women’s clubs around the country, with the number now sitting at 79 clubs actively involved in women’s cricket.‘A fantastic next step’National coach Hilton Moreeng was thrilled with the news, saying: “The good news just keeps coming. It’s a fantastic next step after CSA announced the additional contracts.“This is exactly the kind of move that is needed to catapult the profile of the national team as well as women’s cricket in South Africa. We look forward to having the country cheer for us from their couches at home and we will do our very best to make everyone proud.”‘Growing fan base’Momentum’s Head of External Communications and Corporate Social Investment Charlene Lackay said: “Live match coverage is fantastic news for the ladies given their growing fan base at home and increasing interest in competitive performances of national women’s teams globally.“Live TV coverage increases the pressure, but we believe the ladies are equal to the task. Momentum has always believed in this team and has been working hard to build their profile. We’re very proud of them and want them to feel the support of the nation all the way in England.”TOUR FIXTURES Fri, 29 Aug: SA vs England Women’s Academy, Southend-on-SeaSat, 30 Aug: SA vs England Women’s Academy, Southend-on-SeaMon, 1 Sep: 1st T20, SA vs England, ChelmsfordWed, 3 Sep: 2nd T20, SA vs England, NorthamptonSun, 7 Sep: 3rd T20, SA vs England, BirminghamTue, 9 Sep: 1st T20, SA vs Ireland, SolihullWed, 10 Sep: 2nd T20, SA vs Ireland, Solihull SOUTH AFRICAN SQUADMignon du Preez (capt), Trisha Chetty (vice-capt), Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Moseline Daniels, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Matshipi Letsoalo, Sune Luus, Sunette Loubser, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Dane van NiekerkSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

TED Talks Now Mind Blowing in 40+ Languages

first_imgTED, the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference made up of short talks by brilliant people from around the world, is now making its archives available with subtitles in more than 40 languages. This is the kind of news that could make a real impact in a lot of peoples’ lives.TED Talks are brain stretching, tear-jerking, 18 minute nuggets of emerging wisdom. The new translation project is sponsored by Nokia and uses the awesome volunteer-powered translation service DotSub.Unfortunately, the multi-lingual subtitles aren’t available in the embedded TED video players. They are in DotSub’s usual players, though that service uses an iframe. (Update: June Cohen from TED drops by in comments to let us know that this will change. “We’ll actually have subtitles available on our embeddable player, in around a week’s time. We’ll follow that with subtitled MP4s you can download (maybe 6 weeks later). Watch this space…” Thanks June!) If you speak languages other than English, the rest of the DotSub site is quite worth a visit as well. So far 306 translations have been completed, hopefully more will be performed soon. Bringing these TED videos to more people around the world is a big win for humanity. It is truly remarkable how TED has gone from a closed gathering for the global elite to becoming far, far more publicly available. Andy Carvin has some more details over at NPR. Tags:#international#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

The Remaking of ZohoCRM

first_imgToday Zoho announced a makeover for its venerable (my, how time flies) CRM SaaS service, including new features and a new UI. The company also stated that its software is used by 5.5 million users and has 25,000 CRM customers. The features are all available immediately and the existing pricing remains the same. First is the UI makeover. You can see the setup screen below, it is more organized and more visually appealing. (A comparison between old and new can be found here.)What I liked is that Zoho will offer you a choice of UI for a limited time to aid in your own transition, if you liked the old furniture arrangement. Second are two new social integration features that are all the rage in SaaS products. First is its own social streaming app called Pulse, as you can see it is similar to a variety of streaming features that can be found elsewhere. You can follow fellow employees, post to their stream and so forth. The second social feature is an integration with LinkedIn and this is two way: your updates in Zoho get posted on LinkedIn, and vice-versa. You can link someone in your Zoho contacts or leads databases to their LinkedIn profile. You click on the little LinkedIn box underneath their photo to get into this part of the program. Both Pulse and the LinkedIn integration are free for all users of Zoho.The last two features are only available to enterprise-grade Zoho users. First is a new Creator app that is integrated into the CRM service. With it, you can develop custom CRM modules using a variety of forms and templates, as you see below.If that isn’t enough, Zoho is also assembling a series of Workflow APIs called Webhooks to automate particular processes externally. Again, this is just available to enterprise users. So you could update your Quickbooks accounting system every time you indicate you close a deal in the ZohoCRM module. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now david strom Tags:#enterprise#news#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

9 months agoSolbakken: Solskjaer surely winning his Man Utd audition

first_imgSolbakken: Solskjaer surely winning his Man Utd auditionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves boss Stale Solbakken believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves the Manchester United job after victory at Tottenham. Solskjaer outshone Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino last night as they both compete for the permanent Old Trafford post.FC Copenhagen coach Solbakken said, “It’s not that I don’t think Pochettino can handle both clubs, but there is actually a difference between the demands made by United and Tottenham.”I think Solskjaer can actually get the job. If United shows stability and great progress, playing steady battles against the best and beating some of them at home, then I think it’s a strong application. They may have a plan ready and have him as a B or C choice. Or they have no plan yet, see how it goes and give him the chance to show that he is the right man.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more